South East

BRITAIN'S GATEWAY On the doorstep of one of the world’s great cities as well as the gateway to and from mainland Europe.
PLEASANT The climate is mild and temperate, with proportionately less rain than other parts of the UK
CLEAN With 350 miles of dramatic and diverse coastline, there is plenty of clean air to breathe, much of it set against lush rolling landscapes or vibrant characterful towns.
IT'S A WINNER Bournemouth and Poole have award-winning beaches, and the New Forest was recently awarded beacon status for its management and delivery of sustainable tourism.
DESIGNER Architecture dates from the Romans to the Normans, to wonderful Tudor gables, Georgian splendour, Victorian grandeur and the simple lines of Art Deco.
CHILL OR THRILL Take an active break in the countryside or on the coast, go with the flow on the waterways or the experience the thrill of a theme park.
MOUTH WATERING The south east is the place for a rich and tempting choice of the best bistros, cafes and restaurants.
UNWIND The Chilterns and the Oxfordshire Cotswolds are a rewarding rural retreat; they are a paradise of beech trees, natural woodlands and open chalky slopes.
CALMING There are some wonderful spas; havens of warm pools, gentle music, fluffy towels and the wonderful smell of essential oils. Reclaim that inner calm.
GREEN There are currently nearly 50 members of the GTBS across the region, a number we hope will have doubled over the coming months.

About South East
The South East covers nine counties stretching in an arc around London, from Thanet in the south-east to the New Forest in the south-west and to Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes in the north-west. It is a region that is steeped in history, but whose towns and cities buzz with life. Beautiful coastline and breathtaking landscapes form the backdrop to peaceful villages and magnificent stately homes and castles.
The South East has some of the most attractive scenery in Europe, with over 30% of the region being protected landscape – designated as National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 40% of the region’s area is under some form of protective designation, such as National Park, AONB, Green Belt or Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
What makes South East a green destination?
A third of the region is protected landscape – designated as National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In terms of AONBs, this also represents a third of the total area of all such designations in England. The region offers unique countryside, coastline and attractive historic cities and towns. It is also working closely with the GTBS to bring a large number and wide variety of tourism businesses under the ‘green accreditation’ banner. The south east has a mild and temperate climate, giving rise to distinct landscapes as well as flora and fauna.
Getting to South East
National Public Transport Information
08706 082608
By rail By coach
There are excellent rail links from London and the south west to all parts of the region. The region is well served by the major coach operators. See for timetables
By car other
The South East contains 22% of the England motorway network and 14% of the England 'A' road network so travelling to the region by road is no problem. The many south coast ports make the South East the natural access point to continental Europe. Gatwick, Heathrow and Southampton airports are all within easy reach by public transport.
Things to do in South East
The best way to see any area is on foot and in the South East we have everything. A network of long-distance paths criss-cross the countryside, including four national trails, creating a unique variety of exceptional walking through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and forests. Follow the coastal paths and you’ll enjoy dramatic cliff-top walks and find secret coves and beaches. Many routes are suitable for wheelchairs, buggies and push chairs and are extremely child-friendly.
History & Culture
Architecture dates from the Romans to the Normans, to wonderful Tudor gables, Georgian splendour, Victorian grandeur and the simple lines of Art Deco. Cultural highlights include Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Chichester Theatre Festival & the Hampton Court Flower Show. There is also the largest number of specially designated museum collections of any region. Historic towns and cities include Oxford, Windsor, Canterbury, and castles include Leeds and Arundel. There is a greater preponderance of historic houses (inc. National Trust) than other regions – e.g. Blenheim Palace, Chartwell.
The beautiful countryside of the South East is a perfect setting for a cycling trip, whether you are an experienced and regular cyclist, or just want to spend a leisurely day or two exploring the varied landscapes that make up the region. Tucked away in many of the corners of this area are quiet lanes and small villages that are ideal for exploration by bike. Not only does the region boast some spectacular circular cycle paths, but the 100-mile South Downs Way allows long distance cyclists a wonderful undulating off road route. The eastern end of the North Downs has many lanes and tracks that are suitable for both on-road and off-road routes.
The region has something for all the family, from thrilling rides to wildlife, seaside fun to family fare. Whether you want to go on two legs or four, two wheels or more, whether you are looking for long sandy beaches, sheltered bays or Punch and Judy, we can guarantee unbeatable family fun. For a family day out there are plenty of places for you all to enjoy. From the exotic to the mighty observe and learn about wildlife in the South East.
Nature & Landscape
Explore the dramatic coast, inspiring countryside and beautiful gardens or go with the flow on the waterways and enjoy tasty country fare. Canals and rivers run through this lovely corner of England – relax and go with the flow! Enjoy some of the most beautiful gardens and parks, take time out to smell the roses. The countryside of the South East has inspired painters and poets. In the South East you’ll find the perfect environment to sip a pint or indulge in a cream tea.
Food & Drink
The South East has some wonderful regional specialities. With so much coastline, fish and seafood are readily available. Try oysters caught in Whitstable or fresh sole from the sea at Dover, venison in the New Forest and fantastic strawberries from the Hamble Valley. In Hampshire, try fresh watercress, strong and peppery, picked from the cool, clear waters of the river Itchen. There’s no need to cross the Channel for delicious wine – vineyards are dotted all over the landscape taking advantage of some of the sunniest weather in the country. From classic restaurants in country houses to the contemporary city bistros there is something for every palette.
Events in South East
The South East has a proven ability to host and provide some iconic events of national and international significance including The Isle of Wight Festival, Farnborough Air Show, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Hampton Court Flower Show, the Brighton Gay Festival, Goodwood, Ascot, Volvo (formerly Whitbread) Round the World Race and the Tall Ships Race
Events This Year
September 16-25 - Southampton Boat Show
October 21-23 - Trafalgar Weekend, Protsmouth
Further Information on South East
South East Tourist Board
Tourist Information Centres
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